Following on from our piece yesterday about Blue Monday, today we’re taking a look at the best destinations available on last-minute cruises if you really just need to leave the grey skies behind for some time in the sun.
The weather’s never up to much at this time of year for sun lovers. It can be even tougher if you’re struggling with low moods, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. The sun sets early and rises late, and many of us forget what it looks like while we’re at work.
If you find yourself longing this time of year for a warm sun under a blue sky, and the hot summer months feel like a distant dream, you could always grab a last-minute deal on a cruise setting sail in the next few weeks.
We’ve got a great choice of last-minute cruises, and you could even make a saving and get some extras when you book. Cruise lines don’t like setting sail with an empty room or two, so you may even find some added goodies when you book – like free drinks, inclusive flights and transfers, room upgrades, huge savings, or complimentary spends during your time on board. So, what’s on offer for last-minute cruises? Where could you be escaping to for a few days in the sun?
At the time of writing, the temperature here in England is 6°C – while in Barbados it’s steadily climbing a full twenty higher. You could swap our grey seas for brilliant turquoise; pebbly shores for bright white sand; and a wind that cuts through you for a warm breeze rustling through palm trees. There’s a lot to be said for the magnificent British seaside, but perhaps more so at other times of the year – especially when you could get a great deal on last-minute cruises to Barbados to tide you over ‘til summer.
If the heat of Barbados sounds like a bit of a shock to the system, how about the sixteens and eighteens of Casablanca? Picture the bright sun bouncing off Moorish arches of bright white stone; and the clean, jutting lines of the enormous Hassan Mosque. Imagine wandering around markets where the colours of the clothes just pop – it’s the brightness of the sun here, a world away from the overcast skies of home. Some warmer destinations have high humidity to go with the heat, but not so with Morocco’s arid climate.
Even the weather in Turkey and the Mediterranean isn’t at its best this time of year, but the beaches of Dubai offer a great alternative. Dubai will be a glorious 23°C this afternoon, where towering buildings and desert sands sit against a pale blue sky. The clear seas and gold sands here are hugely popular with tourists all over the world – so why not beat the summer rush, and enjoy all the best attractions in this wealthy playground while all the umbrellas come out at home?
If the summer won’t come to you, go to the summer – Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef is currently 25°C. The sky here is split between cloud and shine this time of year, but you don’t need to escape the rain to enjoy a bit of warmth and a change of scene. The rain here is of the tropical variety, and the sun seekers travel here year-round for a welcome escape. You could be swimming out in the lagoon, or skydiving high above the mountains, rainforest and bright blue sea. There’s little that can beat a hot, filling pub lunch when the skies are grey and the nights come early – but a hot, filling barbecue on a sunny Australian beach sounds like a pretty good alternative.